Louisiana Midseason Awards

We're halfway through the regular-season in Louisiana, so it's time to issue awards to well-deserving prospects. At the top of the list, of course, is five-star senior safety Landon Collins (Dutchtown)...

  • Top Senior Prospect: Landon Collins

    The five-star safety from Dutchtown has lived up to his billing, leading his team to a 5-0 start by making plays at running back, on special teams, and in his customary role on defense. Collins took a handoff and raced for a long touchdown on Dutchtown's first snap from scrimmage last night. He's been so electric at RB that Alabama is now reportedly courting him as a potential two-way player. Today, Collins was in attendance at LSU, and Tiger fans were pleased to hear that Collins' mom was decked out in purple and gold.

  • Top Senior Sleeper: Alex Johnson

    Johnson is the primary cog in nationally-ranked Carencro's double-wing offense. He's averaging 236 yards rushing per game, including a 30-carry, 346-yard effort vs. Calvary Baptist on September 16th. Season totals: 1,180 yards, 15 touchdowns. Johnson (pictured at bottom) has average size at 5-foot-10 to 5-foot-11 and 185-190 pounds, but he's a workhorse who runs with the authority of a much bigger back. He doesn't tire as the game goes on; he just seems to get better.

  • Top Junior Prospect: John Diarse

    An early Scout.com four-star, Diarse -- similar to Landon Collins -- is a versatile all-purpose performer on an undefeated team. He plays quarterback for Class 4A Neville, but Diarse's natural position is wide receiver, where he made a name for himself as a freshman on a state championship squad. Last night, Diarse threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more as Neville breezed past 5A Airline. When it comes to recruiting, Diarse - again, like Collins - favors LSU and Alabama.

  • Emerging Junior Prospect: Carlton Perkins

    Perkins is quite simply the hottest player in the state. In week four, he ran for 373 yards on 25 carries with six touchdowns as 5A Walker earned its first victory of the season vs. Riverdale. On Friday, he did it again, gobbling up 357 yards and scoring all three of his team's TDs in a 21-19 road victory over previously-undefeated West St. Mary. Perkins also picked off a pass and collected several tackles in the Riverdale game. He began his career as a wide receiver.

  • Top Sophomore Prospect: Trey Quinn

    If you haven't already heard, Quinn caught 16 passes for 335 yards and three touchdowns Friday night. And he ran for two more scores, although his Barbe team fell just short against undefeated St. Thomas More. Quinn scored all five of the Buccaneers' touchdowns in the 39-36 thriller. Last year, Quinn totaled well over 1,000 yards receiving for Barbe. He's also an amazing baseball prospect.

  • Emerging Sophomore Prospect: Quentin Gibson

    Gibson, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound quarterback at 4A Archbishop Shaw, threw for 363 yards and two touchdowns earlier this year vs. Jesuit. Over the years, Shaw has developed a reputation as a team that loves to pound the pigskin with a power running game, but the Eagles will likely be more balanced over the next couple of years with Gibson and junior WR Kent Shelby hooking up in the vertical passing game. Gibson's older brother (Stephen Gibson) is a 6-foot-4, 240-pound defensive end with double-digit offers.

  • Top Freshman Prospect: Nicholas Brossette

    At 6-foot-0 and 220 pounds, Brossette has unusual size for a ninth-grader. The University Lab "battering ram" has helped his team to a 5-0 start. This week, Brossette and the Cubs have a scintillating district showdown at undefeated Episcopal (5-0). On Friday, Brossette bullied his way for 160 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 23 attemtps vs. Live Oak.

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